CSU PRESS RELEASE: CSU board votes to encourage CapU and CFA to reach fair settlement to avoid job actionadmin 2017-02-01T11:54:55+00:00
March 27, 2015 – North Vancouver – The elected board of directors of the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU), at a board meeting on March 25, voted to encourage a swift resolution to the impending labour dispute between the Capilano Faculty Association (CFA) and Capilano University. The CSU’s position does not support either party over the other, but encourages a fair settlement as soon as possible to avoid disruptions to students’ classes and exams.
Throughout the week of March 9, the CFA (the union representing faculty members at CapU) conducted a strike vote, which garnered over 80% support in favour of job action if the ongoing negotiations hit an impasse. If a strike is implemented, that could mean a range of consequences for CapU students – from faculty members’ withdrawal of voluntary services; to partial or rotating strikes; to a full-scale strike, shutting down classes and deferring exams. The CSU hopes that the parties resolve their differences before that happens.
“The best outcome for students is for a fair settlement to be reached before any job action is taken,” says Sacha Fabry, the CSU’s vice-president of university relations and services. He continues to say, “It’s important to remember that the root cause of the current dispute is inadequate funding for post-secondary education by government.”
The CSU is committed to acting as a hub of information for all CapU students as the situation unfolds. Students are encouraged to keep themselves informed by checking the CSU website for updates at csu.bc.ca, to look for membership bulletins online and around campus, and to keep themselves connected and involved in the conversation through the CSU’s social media.
January 21, 2015 – On January 14, the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) board of directors voted in favour of endorsing and promoting a ‘yes’ vote for the upcoming Transportation and Transit Plan plebiscite. The decision was based on the positive impact that improvements to the public transportation system would have on the lives of students.
“Capilano University is a commuter campus, meaning that we do not have campus residence or student housing,” explained CSU President Brittany Barnes. “This means public transit and overall transportation is a serious concern for all of our students and an important part of their everyday lives,” she continued. “We need to see this system improved so that our students aren’t continually left on the side of the road as full busses pass by them or stuck in traffic congestion.”
The improvements that would result following a successful ‘yes’ vote are based on the Transportation and Transit Plan proposed by the mayors’ council outlining the following projects:
- adding bus service and new B-Line rapid bus routes
- increasing service on SkyTrain, Canada Line, SeaBus, and West Coast Express
- maintaining and upgrading the region’s major roads build a new Pattullo Bridge
- building rapid transit connecting Surrey Centre with Guildford, Newton, and Langley
- building rapid transit along Broadway in Vancouver
- extending the region’s cycling and pedestrian walkway networks
Region-specific improvements, including those that directly benefit Capilano University and the surrounding area, can be found here.
The question that residents of Metro Vancouver will be asked to vote on is: “Do you support a new 0.5% Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax, to be dedicated to the Mayors’ Transportation and Transit Plan?”
For more information please contact:
Brittany Barnes, President & Vice-President of External Relations
Capilano Students’ Union
p (604) 789.6660| e firstname.lastname@example.org
The Capilano Students’ Union advocates for the interests and needs of its members by lobbying Capilano University and all levels of government. The CSU delivers student services, provides resources to clubs and organizations on campus, and hosts a variety of events each year to promote the social, political, recreational, and academic welfare of its membership.